- Aki Onda – multi-media
Aki Onda is a composer, performer, visual artist, and curator. Onda was born in Japan and currently resides in New York. He is particularly known for his “Cassette Memories” — works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by using the cassette Walkman over a span of last quarter-century. He creates compositions, performances, and visual artworks from those sound memories.
Onda often works in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists, and choreographers. His on-going projects include “Nervous Magic Lantern” with Ken Jacobs, improvisation trio with Michael Snow and Alan Licht, visual-sound installation/performance with Raha Raissnia, and site-specific happening with Akio Suzuki.
Onda has collaborated with such artists as Alan Licht, Loren Connors, Michael Snow, Ken Jacobs, Shelley Hirsch, Ikue Mori, Marina Rosenfeld, Noël Akchoté, Jac Berrocal, Jean-François Pauvros, Lionel Marchetti, Dan Warburton, Jean-Jacques Birgé, SFT, Blixa Bargeld, Steve Beresford, Linda Sharrock, Oren Ambarchi, Akio Suzuki, Yoshio Machida and Tujiko Noriko.
Onda’s critical thought and unique sensibility in understanding music are manifest in numerous articles and reviews he has written for Japanese magazines such as Improvised Music from Japan and Studio Voice. Many underground musicians and composers have become acquainted with each other in Japan through his writings.